"Switch Out" is a mercury switch recovery program that is dedicated to the removal, collection and management of mercury-containing convenience lighting switches and ABS sensors from end-of-life vehicles.
Mercury is of concern because it is a toxic, bioaccumulative and persistent heavy metal that can have a negative impact on both the environment and human health.
The main aim of this nationwide mercury recycling program is to ensure that the toxic substance from switches and sensors does not penetrate the environment. The switches recovered through this program are counted, documented, retorted and recycled in a responsible manner. From 2001 to 2011, Switch Out managed to recover and properly manage over half a million mercury switches.
The program is funded and supported by Canada's steel and automotive industries through the Canadian Steel Producers’ Association (CSPA) and Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA). The program currently works in partnership with the Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and the Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI).
Family-owned-and-operated, Don Mills Steel & Metal in Toronto is a proud participant of the program which collects and manages mercury containing switches before they are flattened, shredded and recycled into new steel.
For more information about the mercury switch recovery program please visit the official site: www.switchout.ca